During the sitdown, Putin denied any allegations Russia interfered with the 2016 election or that they were holding damning information over Donald Trump’s head.
“I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us,” he said. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all — have you all lost your senses over there?”
“This is just another load of nonsense,” Putin added of having secret intel on Trump. “Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn’t have any relationship at all.”
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‘Your lives must be boring’: Vladimir Putin lashes out at Megyn Kelly for grilling him on election hacking and Trump
You have created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president,” he said, referring to Trump. “You people over there … good job. Your lives must be boring.”
He also had an equally feisty reaction when asked if he had a dossier of information on Trump that he was using to blackmail the president.
“Well this just another load of nonsense,” he said. “Where would we get this information from? There was a time when he used to come to Moscow but, you know, I never met him. Do you think we’re gathering information on all of the [Americans visiting the U.S. on business]. Have you all lost your sense over there?”
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Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’
Did Russia hack the U.S. election, she asked, pointing out that U.S. intelligence agencies had found ample evidence, “fingerprints,” that it had meddled.
“What fingerprints, hoof prints, horn prints?,” he answered dismissively. “What are you talking about? … It could come from your home IP address, as if your daughter carried out the attack.”
The setup was a recipe for failure, especially for Kelly, who was hired for $15 million to $20 million by NBC last year after leaving Fox News, the conservative news outlet that had launched and propelled her career.
To make matters worse, Oliver Stone’s “The Putin Interviews,” where the filmmaker spent significantly more time with the Russian leader for a Showtime special, will air over four consecutive nights next week. They even watched “Dr. Strangelove” together. Poor Megyn Kelly.
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